What gum disease treatments are available to Farragut, TN area patients?
When patients take good care of their oral health, they can reduce the risk of developing problems such as gum disease. Often referred to as periodontal disease, gum disease can cause Farragut, TN area patients to deal with problems such as the loss of gum tissue, bone, and even permanent adult teeth. In order to avoid this, patients should brush, floss, and visit their dentist regularly for examinations and cleanings. If this doesn’t occur, patients are increasing the risk of developing this inflammatory condition and dealing with it for life!
Gum disease is a serious inflammatory disease that cannot be cured. However, if patients develop the condition, it can be treated and controlled. Gum disease starts off during the initial stage as gingivitis. Gingivitis results in bleeding, red, and inflamed gums. At this point, the condition may be reversed with a good professional cleaning of the teeth and gums. Unfortunately, some patients leave it untreated, and it continues into the later stage of periodontitis.
When the disease progresses, the patients will need to undergo a procedure called scaling and root planing. This cleans not only the surfaces of the teeth and gums but even underneath the gum line to clean off the roots of the teeth. During this treatment, patients may also have antibiotics applied directly to the teeth and gums to control the infection. Some patients may also go through a series of oral antibiotic medications that can help with the infection from the inside out and bring the smile back to health.
The later stages of the disease can cause irreversible damage to patients as they lose gum tissue, bone, and teeth. Dr. Pablo Foncea may need to extract teeth and provide restorations to help repair the smile when this occurs. This can be costly, and time consuming for the patient, and can usually be avoided with proper oral health care.
If you live in the Knoxville area and are interested in learning more about how to maintain a healthy smile, our team would be happy to educate you on proper dental health techniques. Contact Sequoyah Dental Arts today to learn more about oral health and wellness and how to avoid problems such as periodontal disease.